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Water Culture Works

This is a discussion on Water Culture Works within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Orchids adapt to the culture that they are in.I will not be placing these plants ...

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    Orchids adapt to the culture that they are in.I will not be placing these plants into another type of culture.The plants would have to grow all new roots,if the type of medium that they are in is changed.These plants have developed roots that grow in water.I know that in Becky's posting on Water Culture,John (Wetfeet101b)-has posted some very good information on why this works.lThere are a lot of people who have tried S/H growing and think this is the same.It is far different, no Root Rot to deal with or Gnats in your medium.If anyone has interest in this type of growing.I recommend to read the other 2-3 posting about Water Culture.This is new of me also.I'm pleased with the results so far. Take Care,Rich

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    i have some 'kids in s/h and they have been dong great. now i have three in plain old water. can't wait to report.

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    I too have decided to give this a try. I'm using one of the plants that came in a compot of 10 seedlings. Some were larger than others. This one is somewhere in the middle of the range.

    It's Wilsonara Pacific Passage

    Some are in s/h and seem to be doing fairly well. I can even see their roots starting to reach down towards the reservoirs.

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    The two in bark don't seem quite as happy as those in s/h. I probably should have used one of these for this experiment, but too late now, unless I make up another glass, which is a possibility.

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    This is the original s/h I removed the seedling from for this experiment. As you can see, there are still several teeny little seedlings in this pot.
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    And here's the Wilsonara Pacific Passage in water culture. I added just a drop of root stimulator to the water, in the hopes some new roots will get started fairly quickly. I wasn't brave enough to remove any roots, and as you can see, there are plenty of roots on the plant. If they rot, I'll just remove them.

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    I'm starting to feel like the Bride of Frankenstein.

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    It all looks good, Anne. I look forward to your conclusions from this experiment. (Especially the water culture one)

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    After giving it a little thought, I took another look at those two in bark, and they're not doing all that well. Roots are very thin and dry looking. So, I decided to add to the experiment, and put one of those two into water also. I staked the one remaining in the bark, and will keep a close eye on it, and if it still doesn't perk up, I think it will go into s/h, as the others seem to like it there.


    The one remaining in bark........ will keep a close eye on this one.
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    Out of the bark, and into the water. Being supported by a chop stick and a clip.
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    Thin little roots..... look so sad.
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    Roots in water culture. Look better already, but I'm sure it's just the magnification from the glass and the water.
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    This is all very interesting.
    Has anyone tried this for saving paphs?

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